Join Our Team

Carpe Diem Education (CDE) hires experienced educators, travelers, and cultural liaisons who are dedicated to inspiring growth and transformation.

CDE provides a work environment that is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Our administrative and field staff are responsible for implementing our mission at every level of our programs. We aim to provide the highest level of responsiveness and support for our students and families. This means hiring the most passionate, committed, and professional staff out there.

Carpe Diem Education considers all applicants holistically and is committed to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive staff. We strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to folks with lived experience in communities of color and LGBTQIA+ communities.

Field Position: Overseas Educator

Overseas Educators are mentors, role models, and leaders. They effectively provide support for students, explore and expand comfort zones, manage risk, advocate for optimal student health, and support logistics from transportation to budgets. They are ambassadors to local contacts and represent our community internationally. They bring heart, soul, and grit to a job that is challenging, rewarding, and multi-faceted.

We look for program leaders who are committed to facilitating growth in their students, their co-workers, and in themselves. For 3 months, OEs assist students in navigating cultures and countries, learning how to be responsible travelers, and in developing effective interpersonal and communication skills.

If you feel you have the right balance of leadership and mentorship, travel sensitivity, cultural understanding, community living skills, risk management experience,  and a passion for working with students ages 17-22, we encourage you to apply for an Overseas Educator position.

Applications to be an Overseas Educator are accepted on a rolling basis, and interviews are conducted throughout the year.

Spring: Programs run from mid-February to early May. Staff training starts in early February.

Fall: Programs run from mid-September to early Dec. Staff training starts in late August/early September.

The Carpe Diem HQ Team

OE benefits include:

  • A competitive salary that increases each semester
  • Employer-matched 401k retirement plans (after the first semester)
  • Access to professional development funds
  • Living/travel stipends between fall and spring semesters.
  • Other benefits include:
    • Travel insurance for the duration of the semester
    • All eligible accrued air miles
    • All standard program costs covered
    • Standard expenses paid during our leadership training
    • Travel stipends to and from Portland, Oregon.
    • The opportunity to make an impact and provide direction for young people!

Please do not call, email or reach out via “Contact Us” with general employment inquiries. If you’re serious about applying for an Overseas Educator position, please read through all of the information provided on this page.

Seeking Diverse Applicants

We aspire to increase diversity and inclusivity within our community of field staff, administration, local contacts, and students through active recruitment and retention efforts. We define diversity broadly to include social categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, nationality, physical ability, religious beliefs, age, and experience. As a result, we are actively looking for and are recruiting diverse candidates for our Overseas Educator positions. If you are a candidate from one or some of these communities, please apply. Even if you do not yet qualify to lead programs for us, we will try our best to support you in finding ways to gain that experience.

Program Regions

  • Hawai'i
  • Italy & Greece
  • Morocco & Spain
  • Central America (Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Roatan)
  • South America (Ecuador, Peru)
  • India (Northern Plains and Himalayas)
  • South Pacific (Fiji, New Zealand, Australia)
  • Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam)

Required Qualifications

  • Able to work legally in the U.S.; meaning you are either a U.S. citizen or possess a working Visa or Green Card
    (Carpe Diem cannot hire individuals who are not eligible to work in the U.S., nor are we able to assist in obtaining work visas at this time.)
  • Proficiency in Spanish for our Latin America semesters
  • While Hindi, Italian & Greek, Moroccan Arabic, and Thai proficiency are not required for our India, Italy & Greece, Morocco & Spain, or Southeast Asia semesters, priority is given to applicants with those language skills
  • Direct experience living, working or independently traveling in the regions for which you apply
  • Professional experience leading or facilitating groups (preferably with students age 17 – 22)
  • Experience successfully working with a co-leader
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification or ability to complete the course pre-departure. (Not sure how you’d pay for a WFR? Check out our WFR certification scholarship program.)  
  • Valid Drivers License for our South Pacific semester
  • The typical age of our Overseas Educators is 27-35. We rarely hire staff younger than 25, as we are looking for candidates with significant professional experience working with youth and/or working overseas

Desired Skills

  • Experience practicing intercultural communication and culturally sensitive travel
  • A strong desire to support young people
  • Enjoys the challenge of working with young first-time travelers
  • Experience working with teens and young adults
  • Actively engaged in own personal growth and development
  • Flexible and able to perform well in constantly changing environments
  • Conscious of diversity and inclusivity  
  • Strong mentorship skills
  • Effective organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to establish clear guidelines and boundaries to support others
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
  • Enjoys being a resource for other people
  • Willing to be available to students during travel times 24 hours a day 7 days a week

Wilderness First Responder Scholarship Program

The Wilderness First Responder Scholarship (WFR) is intended to support Overseas Educators (OEs) from diverse backgrounds in obtaining a WFR certification. This scholarship is a part of our broader efforts to diversify staff. Click here for more information.

About The Application Process
When your application is received it will first be reviewed by our hiring committee. Upon completion of their review, you’ll either be invited to a 30-minute Skype or phone interview, or encouraged to reapply with more experience. After the initial interview you may be invited for a second, final interview.

Interviews will be conducted in person (or via video call) and generally take 1.5 hours. We ask our OEs to safeguard students’ lives, hence we prefer in person interviews, but are open to video interviews if it’s not logistically possible for you to come to Portland. While first round interviews are conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year, second round interviews for fall are conducted in March, April & May and for spring are conducted in October and November. If you are able to come in person we would be happy to conduct the interview whenever it works for you logistically. After your interview, you can expect to hear from us with final notifications by early December for Spring hires, and late May for Fall hires.

Administrative Positions

Interested in supporting students and families as they embark on a gap year? Do you want to work on a collaborative team of awesome individuals? Are you committed to your own growth and transformation and that of your fellow humans? Are you hard working, dedicated, and passionate about what we do and have the administrative expertise to help us do it even better? If so, we’d love to receive your application!


All administrative positions are currently filled.